This piece was designed to display a small collection of Japanese porcelain. The drawer fronts, made from spalted maple, are a laminated curve, giving the makore cabinet a gentle contour to follow. The drawer dovetails are done by hand and the handles are carved from rosewood.
Rosewood is a common name for many different woods, often causing confusion. In general, rosewoods have deep red and brown tones and beautiful grain making them ideal for furniture and musical instruments. Brazilian rosewood, traditionally the most sought after variety, is considered endangered and several substitute woods have taken its place in the market. These include Indian rosewood, Honduran rosewood, and cocobolo.
Spalted maple is maple wood with dark veins caused by a pattern of rot or bacteria in the wood. Once stabilized, this wood is very decorative as it often looks like a pen and ink drawing through the wood.